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  1. I have been searching for an answer to this question for many years. So far, only fragmentary responses have come across. Interesting data on the brain's perception of music can be found in a book by Oliver Sacks http://www.oliversacks.com/books-by-oliver-sacks/musicophilia/, it even seems to have been translated into Russian http://polyarinov.livejournal.com/28429.html. There's certainly not a full explanation of how it works. But there are a lot of interesting stories and questions – why do some tunes get attached and don't go away, even if you don't like them? – why can't some people hear music at all, and not those who suddenly become virtuoso musicians in their 50s after an injury?�

    I also came across a TED video about why we like music with repetitions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lo8EomDrwA In short: people like the familiar. I also really like to know what's going to happen next. Well, absolutely super, if you can stomp your foot to the beat, and for this, too, you need repetition.

    Here's a great article about how we perceive tempo.�http://www.sonicscoop.com/2014/06/19/the-resonant-human-the-science-of-how-tempo-affects-us/ The bottom line is that we can distinguish between 40 and 300 beats per minute. It's most convenient for us at 120bpm, so all genres dance up or down from this number� – if you need to be cheerful and in a hurry, or if you need to calm down. There is evidence that our brain adapts to these tempos, the more educated a person is in music, the more sensitive they are.�

    To the same topic: here they accelerate and slow down Beethoven, which completely changes the perception of music�http://www.radiolab.org/story/269783-speedy-beet/

    Some interesting things can be picked up from music theory and solfeggio. For example, the perception of sizes, major and minor, changing keys. I like it�https://www.amazon.com/Theory-Computer-Musicians-Michael-Hewitt/dp/1598635034 -very accessible, including frequencies, wave shapes and amplitudes, sizes, and more.

    Well, a completely unbearable story about dissonance, assonance and how you can slowly train yourself and even fall in love with cacophony. Well, or schrantz http://www.radiolab.org/story/91512-musical-language/

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  2. I think that the associative series is very influential. Sometimes pop music can catch you by reminding you of something from your childhood. And the point is not in the simplicity of the text, but in the fact that even in pop music there are references to folk melodies that are somehow present in our lives (take the same lullabies).

    The perception depends on what exactly attracts you to the music. It is very useful to analyze whether it is a matter of text, melody, or rhythm.�

    Similarly, the perception of the same tunes changes over time. If in childhood jazz may seem incomprehensible and even unpleasant to someone, then with age, the number of musical references increases, a base is gained that helps to understand this genre and even fall in love with it.

  3. It may also depend on your music education. When a person is educated in this area, they are better able to perceive frequency, tonality, complex consonants, and so on by ear. He has been taught this and is more sensitive to it. And your preferences may depend on it. From post-hardcore to lounge. It's just that such people perceive much more music by ear, because they are developed in this matter, unlike ordinary people who,when they see, for example, death metal, shout that it is impossible to listen to such a thing. The point here is rather that musically educated people listen to music in greater scope in their choice.

  4. Often, due to the peculiarities of auditory perception, someone is uncomfortable with high frequencies, for example, someone has a sensitive eardrum and is uncomfortable with the pressure of low frequencies, largely due to their character/temperament, too, I have noticed that introverts like quieter melodic music(adjusted for personality, of course, but in general the trend can be traced). And active extroverts prefer cheerful and rhythmic music with a high tempo. Music in the rhythm of life. These are just my observations, I do not pretend to be true, I have not heard that such studies were conducted. If you try to apply it to the brain, then music can very much affect the mood and when listening to it, the brain in the tomograph “Glows” in much the same way as when using drugs. There is already music in the “rhythm of the brain”.

  5. If you take a spherical brain in a vacuum without personal preferences, then music of a smooth rhythm with simple harmonics and simple rhythmic construction, in which there is also quite a lot of low middle in a good way, will be liked in most cases. It's not for nothing that pop music is so popular and sticky 🙂

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